It's a bit annoying that this isn't already a commercially available product, but otherwise, the virtual reality headsets that Ole Miss gave their quarterbacks as a practice aid are pretty damn cool. It works just how you probably imagined: they strap on a headset, grab an xBox controller, and then program the game to throw a certain defense at them. Somehow, they're getting away with calling this practice. If this just sounds like Madden at its absolute peak, well, EON (the virtual reality company) isn't disagreeing with you. Via the Clarion-Ledger:
The simulator allows Ole Miss to not only program in its own plays, but input opposing teams' defenses into the virtual reality software.
It can simulate specific coverages and various stunts and blitzes, which Werner hopes improves decision making and knowledge of his offense.
"For all intents and purposes, it's a Madden game that's customizable. Say you're playing LSU, you can put their exact defense in there," said Brendan Reilly, CEO of EON Sports VR. "It's basically like the (offensive coordinator) is in the game with his player, getting to watch exactly what he's thinking.
Here's what EON looks like in action:
It's almost too good to be true, which means the NCAA will probably find a way to ban it.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.